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Party donations affair : AfD covers a Million euros for fines

The AfD is pointedly unimpressed by the threat of high penalties for illegal party donations and announces, if necessary, a walk through all the court instances. One would do a "up to the highest court", said the AfD-Chairman Jörg Meuthen on Tuesday in the ARD"Mittagsmagazin". His party did "nothing Illegal, nothing wrong done". The parliamentary Manager of the AfD group in the Bundestag, Bernd Baumann, acknowledged the errors of officials in dealing with party donations, and justified this with the "ignorance in the beginning of time". Such errors could be the building of a new party can hardly be avoided.

Nevertheless, the AfD has begun, with the formation of reserves for possible penalty payments to settle. The AfD Federal Executive have decided that one Million euros, said Meuthen, the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung". After party information in the case of the AfD County Association of lake Constance, the group's Chairman Alice ryegrass Swiss donation in the amount of roughly Euro 132,000. Therefore, penalties in the amount of around 800,000 euros, the AfD, the Federal Executive Board calculated according to the Newspapers due to any irregularities, however, a buffer amount of 200,000 euros.

In the ARD Meuthen explained that the AfD had made financial Provision. "If it should come to such penalties, what I see, however, then we will survive as a party, because it would then have to be financed from the party budget."

Meuthen had previously said the "world", the AfD is threatened because of government grants in the choice of penalty payments in the amount of approximately 400,000 euros to fight. He had the beginning of 2016 in the baden-württemberg state Parliament election campaign of the Swiss advertising Agency, Goal, AG support services, such as posters, flyers and Ads with a value of 89.800 euros, the Bundestag administration as illegal donations to look at.

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In the case of the AfD Federal Executive Board member Guido Reil, who was supported in the following year, in the NRW state Parliament election campaign of the Goal AG, the Bundestag administration of illegal donations in the amount of 44,500 euros. In both cases, the Bundestag administration sets according to Meuthen a penalty payment equal to three times the amount. "It would then be 402.900 Euro."

Bundestag: amount of any potential penalties is not yet clarified

The Federal administration confirmed on Tuesday the sums of 89.800, and 44,500 euros, but at the same time, the fact that the procedures were not yet completed. Also had not yet been decided on, the amount of any financial claim against the AfD in accordance with the party law.

In the case of free services of the advertising Agency it was "not a donation in the sense of the party to the right," said AfD chief Meuthen. "And this is not my personal opinion, but the carefully appraiser-backed opinion of my party."

Send from Switzerland to Alice rye in focus

German political parties may not accept donations from patrons who are not EU citizens. Therefore, the Bundestag is also investigating donations for the election campaign of today's AfD group Chairman Alice ryegrass from Switzerland. Here, it comes to roughly Euro 132,000, which had been transferred in 2017, in several tranches to their district Association at the lake of Constance. The Bundestag wants to clarify whether the money citizens really originates from the German and other EU.

in addition, the question of whether a donor may have donated more than 10,000 euros. Because from this amount, the donor must be of the Bundestag, named. The Prosecutor's office of Konstanz is also the suspicion that the list with the name of the donor, has submitted to the AfD in the Bundestag, is in Parts incorrect. Interviews have confirmed doubts as to the donor's name, it said in February.

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group CEO, Baumann splits said on Tuesday, in the case of the donation to Weidels district Association Treasurer of the party had discussed at various levels with each other. "And at some point, Dear God is then said, 'that is not, however, a bit opaque, we'll find out where that comes from, actually, let's go back.'" (dpa)

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